Wine and Champagne is bottled in various sizes; the wine you would typically purchase off the shelf from a wine merchant or a supermarket is a ‘standard’ 750ml size wine bottle, but other sizes are available.

The size of wine bottles ranges from 187.5ml, referred to as ‘Split’ and is typically a one glass serving, all the way up to 15L. A 15L bottle is referred to as a ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ and is equal to twenty (yes 20!) bottles, roughly 100 glasses of wine!

Magnum sized bottles are available for specific wines and champagnes; for example, a Moet and Chandon Nebuchadnezzar is available to purchase for an eye-watering £1,200 per bottle!


What are the different bottle sizes?


Wine Bottle Sizes Chart

Capacity Name Description Amount of glasses
187.5ml Split Usually for single glasses of Champagne (referred to as Piccolo in Italian) 1
375ml Half Holds half a standard size bottle (referred to as ‘Demi’ in France) 2
750ml Standard Universal bottle size for most wines around the World 5
1.5L Magnum Double the standard bottle 10
3.0L Double Magnum Two Magnums or four standard bottles 20
4.5L Jeroboam Six standard bottles 30
6.0L Imperial Eight standard bottles or two Double Magnums 40
9.0L Salmanazar Twelve standard bottles 60
12.0L Balthazar Sixteen standard bottles or two Imperials 80
15.0L Nebuchadnezzar Twenty standard bottles 100


About the Wine Bottle sizes names

Traditional different sized wine bottles have been named after Biblical kings and historical figures, as shown below:

Jeroboam First King of The Kingdom
Salmanazar Assyrian King
Balthazar One of The Wise Men
Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon

 

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